Upping the energy game in Scotland

David Kendall, the NLA’s National Representative for Scotland, shares the latest energy efficiency developments for those north of the border.
David Kendall, the NLA’s National Representative for Scotland, shares the latest energy efficiency developments for those north of the border.

David Kendall, the NLA’s National Representative for Scotland, shares the latest energy efficiency developments for those north of the border.

You’ve probably noted that energy efficiency is on the UK’s political agenda at the moment. Both home owners and landlords are being encouraged to up their game when it comes to energy efficiency through the Green Deal and other green schemes.

In fact, as of the 9th January, it is a legal requirement that all properties to let and for sale in Scotland are advertised with their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)  included. For more information, visit http://www.landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/epc-changes-9-january-2013

And there’s no excuse for landlords who are concerned about their EPC rating. Under the Green Homes Cashback Scheme, the Scottish Government is offering owner occupiers, private and social tenants and private sector landlords up to £500 towards energy efficiency measures that are recommended in either the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or Green Deal assessment.

For landlords, condenser boilers and electric heating Band A gas boilers are both eligible for the funding, if mentioned in the EPC. A range of other energy efficiency measures including loft insulation and cavity wall insulation are also included in the scheme.

And if money towards the improvements isn’t enough, the Green Homes Cashback Scheme also offers £100 towards the cost of an EPC or Green Deal assessment being completed before and/or after installation. To find out more, visit http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Take-action/Find-a-grant/Green-Homes-Cashback-Scheme

The Scottish Government is also offering private sector landlords up to £500 towards replacing old, energy inefficient products with new, energy efficient appliances. Appliances including fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers, washing machines and dishwashers are eligible for the funding. The grant value will depend on the appliance being installed and its energy rating. For example, an energy rated A+++ washing machine will receive £290 where as an energy rate A++ machine will receive £170.

Landlords can apply for multiple appliances up to the £500 limit per property. However, these must be different appliances and only one voucher can be applied per property; in essence, a landlord cannot apply for two washing machines for the same property.  But hurry, funds are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on the Landlord Green Appliance Scheme, visit http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Organisations/Business-services/Free-resources-for-housing-professionals/Private-Sector-Landlords/Landlord-Green-Appliance-scheme and to apply for the funding, contact your local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012. So far, I have replaced several items in my own properties and the tenants are delighted!

There’s also support available if your boiler isn’t as efficient as it should be.

From experience, it really is worth making energy efficiency improvements; warm, happy tenants with lower energy bills stay in the property for longer.

Here’s to a warmer, greener Scotland!

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